Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Meaning of Next Worth - January 21, 2010

Matthew 6:19-20 (New International Version)19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

You may have been wondering why I titled this devotional blog, "Next Worth". Many months ago, the economy was in freefall, and the foundations of the country's financial institution began to come apart. Wall Street was in a panic, the Congress was in "blame" mode, and politicians were exploiting a dire situation for their own gain. Many started losing their jobs, and people were quickly losing their confidence in the system they had long trusted to give them finacial well-being. Commentary on the nation's media were focused on how to survive this meltdown in trust and security.

One comment I heard that really stood out was to the fact that many had lost over half of their "net worth" in the stock market and other investment vehicles. It had gotten so bad that some had actually decided to end their lives rather than face the losses they had encountered. The Lord very quickly placed a verse in my mind, which I have posted above, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal". Along with the verse the Holy Spirit very clearly let me know that people should not be focused on their "net worth" in this world, but on their investment in their eternal futures, their "Next Worth".

As I meditated on the verse above, and I considered what was happening in the world around me, God impressed on my heart the need to share the message of "eternal investment" with others. Our God has created us with eternity in mind as His most beloved created being, and we are intensely loved by Him. Read how David asks about why God loves us so much in Psalm 8:3-5 (New Living Translation)
3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.

The prophet Jeremiah answers David five hundred years later with these words from God in Jeremiah 31:3(New International Version)
3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

And finally we see His love in these words from Jesus in John 10:9-11 (New Living Translation)
9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

Because of God's intense love for us, He longs to have us with Him for eternity. In the meantime, we are here to invest our lives in serving Him, making an impact for Him in the world around us, as we wait to finally see Him face to face(1Corinthians 13:12). As we proceed on this journey, we will study what investing for our "Next Worth" really means, we will learn how to truly live it out in our everyday lives, and we will have a chance to meet others who have made it there life's work.

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